Massive range in a more affordable 11-speed package
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Class-leading lightweight crankset
Super light, super stiff, super expensive
More affordable version of the SiSL2
Downhill crankset with bashring included
Can a crank this light really perform?
Carbon fibre-beating aluminium lightness
Durable enduro chainset
Double or triple chainrings with alloy crank arms
Carbon crankset with four-arm spider
Lightweight race crankset with I-Beam profile
Stiff alloy option but poor shifting
Disappointing compact option
Lightweight, stiff carbon compact
Dura-Ace for those on a tighter budget
Designed for big terrain duties
Dedicated cyclo-cross components
Stiffer, smoother-shifting and more positive
Stylish singlespeed chainset
Bling singlespeed crankset
Budget bling for urban fixies
Eleven-speed alloy set
Trick two-speed crankset
Seriously strong crank, but bottom bracket is weak link
Good looker, but too pricey for its performance
Lightweight dependable choice
Limited edition light yet strong cranks
Bashguarded double rings
Stepping up the standard, Saint style
Versatile, classic CNC-machined chainset
Low Q-factor lightweight chainset
Inexpensive way to get more, lower gears
Beefy but not overweight hardcore crank
A hardcore favourite: light but tough
Little different to Chorus, apart from chainring bolts
These new 94mm BCD cranks are intended for Mtb use but are also well suited to meandering laden tourists who seldom pedal downhill.
Despite the cost there is a waiting list for these exotic two-piece German cranks
The Time crankset is a two-piece carbon assembly with a hollow steel axle that weighs just 480g complete making it very light.
A thru-axle chainsets offering massively increased stiffness that's immediately noticeable.
Fashion, modernity and to a larger extent ease of fitment dictate that the current crop of two-piece cranks are the thing to have on your bike these days.
This Spanish product aims to reduce the time spent outside the rider's theoretical power zone.
Middleburn is a British company that produces a wide range of crankset combinations with a high degree of interchangeability. Detachable spiders themselves are nothing new - they've been used on carbon cranks for years
SRAM has worked with Truvativ on the design of these heat treated 7075 aluminium two-piece cranks that are available in compact 110mm BCD and traditional-style 130mm BCD.
They’ve never had much presence in MTB, but Stronglight have been making excellent cranks for years and these funky beauties have really impressed us. The broad crankarms are full carbon around an alloy crank interface with a rubber window in the middle (road cranks are hollow) for absorbing shock.
It's taken a while for the people at Shimano to hop on the compact wagon, with the FC-R700 representing a long-awaited addition to their Hollowtech 2 stablemates. While this shares similar styling to the Hollowtechs...
Deore is due a serious integrated crank makeover soon but this old school set up from the Big S is still a classic in terms of ultra long life. The Hollowtech arms are super stiff, tough as a crow bar and reasonably light as well. We've never had any creak or installation/removal problems from the eight splined Octalink connection either.
The modern so-called two-piece crank design has been adopted by almost every crankset manufacturer over the past two years and has largely replaced the venerable three-piece square tapered bottom bracket.
The Tiagra chainset is now a two-piece design and is outwardly similar to the Hollowtech II components further up the Shimano range, but with cost-saving C-section crank arms that are available in 165mm, 170mm and 175mm lengths.
Campy's latest continues to meld art with engineering
The X13 features an integrated two-piece set-up similar to the design Shimano uses with a splined bottom bracket spindle and pinch bolt to secure the left-hand arm.
Three-piece cranks rule the roost when it comes to strength versus dosh for jumping and street.Available in black only for the time being, the Superfat cranks have 172mm arms and the option of a BMX bottom bracket shell or a 'Euro'
This is the baseline model in the FSA compact range of chainsets and will appeal mostly to those who already have an ISIS bottom bracket fitted to their bikes but wish to upgrade to a compact double chainset while on a budget.
This firm is better known for its offroad kit but has recently introduced this compact two-piece design for the road market. Unlike the other sets tested here the Race Face's axle is integrated with the left hand crank instead of the right.
Born of the original BMX crank configuration, Shimano started the revolution to the current two-piece crank systems with its Dura-Ace model and the design was soon fed down to the other groupsets.
Shimano produces a huge range of chainsets and its Deore series is probably the most widely used crankset on both Mtb and touring bikes. Shimano now also makes a Hollowtech II crankset but the one tested is the original version
While Shimano's Tiagra crankset gets the Hollowtech 2 treatment for 2007, Campagnolo sees fit to retain the tried and trusted but recalcitrant taper axle system on this crank.